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Araki Nobuyoshi

(Japan 1940 – )

Title
Untitled (Kaori, 2004)
Year
2004
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
type C photograph, presentation folder
Edition
8/100
Dimensions

39.0 x 48.8 cm image; 40.0 x 49.9 cm sheet; 53.2 x 42.8 x 1.4 cm folder closed; 53.2 x 86.3 x 0.5 cm folder front cover open; 104.3 x 126.9 x 0.5 cm folder fully open

Signature & date
Signed l.r. verso, pencil "Nobuyoshi ARAKI/ ...". Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Robert McDougall 2014
Accession number
16.2014
Location
Not on display
Further information

Nobuyoshi Araki is an internationally renowned Japanese photographer whose work daringly and explicitly confronts taboo subjects such as sex and death. With their brazen depiction of erotic or pornographic subjects, Araki’s photographs often attract controversy. ‘Untitled (Kaori, 2004)’ features motifs that appear throughout his oeuvre, including the small toy dinosaur that is positioned next to the half naked woman, dressed in a Japanese kimono. Often described as the photographer’s avatar, these toys allow Araki to put himself in the scenes he depicts. Along with much of his other work, this photograph is a sexually charged image that deals with the theme of desire.

Bibliography (1)

Araki Nobuyoshi, Nobuyoshi Araki: Self. Life. Death, London, 2005, 366-67.